Visa Free Entry To Spain

Old Feb 26th, 2017, 09:19 AM
  #1  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Feb 2017
Posts: 5
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Visa Free Entry To Spain

I wanted to make sure I understand the requirements re: visits to Spain. Am I accurate to understand that as a US citizen I can visit Spain for 90 days (max), return to the US for 90 days and re-enter Spain again for another 90 days? My inquiry is beacause my son will be going to school in Marbella, Spain (lucky kid) and I want to be able to spend time with him rather than only for the EU visa free 90 days a year. Any suggestions would also be welcomed. Thanks for replies.
shifthappens is offline  
Old Feb 26th, 2017, 09:44 AM
  #2  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 49,519
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
You don't have to return to the USA. You just have to be outside the Schengen Zone for at least 90 days after you've used your 90 days within it.
StCirq is offline  
Old Feb 26th, 2017, 10:08 AM
  #3  
 
Join Date: May 2014
Posts: 720
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Get a visa - however will your son appreciate having you hang around all the time?
dotheboyshall is offline  
Old Feb 26th, 2017, 11:25 AM
  #4  
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 68,019
Likes: 0
Received 50 Likes on 7 Posts
>>only for the EU visa free 90 days a year. >EU visa
janisj is online now  
Old Feb 26th, 2017, 12:08 PM
  #5  
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 1,963
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Why do you ask us - we are not immigration lawyers?

With a son in a full-time school where, I assume, he has some kind of Schengen exemption, is it not possible that you as the legal parent and guardian can also get some kind of exemption from the 90-days-in/90-days-out rule?

Would not the school know about that since they probably have had to counsel many parents on just this same question?

Have you asked the school? They are MUCH more likely to have valid info for you than us Fodorites.
michelhuebeli is offline  
Old Feb 26th, 2017, 12:11 PM
  #6  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Feb 2017
Posts: 5
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
janisj: I read that visa free access is for a max of 90 days during a 180 day period not 1 year.
shifthappens is offline  
Old Feb 26th, 2017, 12:13 PM
  #7  
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 68,019
Likes: 0
Received 50 Likes on 7 Posts
>> . . . like a job or whatever
janisj is online now  
Old Feb 26th, 2017, 12:16 PM
  #8  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Feb 2017
Posts: 5
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Hey michelhuebeli: Thanks for your rude comment "Why do you ask us - we are not immigration lawyers?" I was asking hoping others had experience in this area. The school will take care of my son's requirements. I would like to see my son from time to time and being there is cheaper and easier than traveling from the US. Also, I never asked or expressed info re: exemption did I?
shifthappens is offline  
Old Feb 26th, 2017, 12:21 PM
  #9  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Feb 2017
Posts: 5
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
"If you are a US citizen with a US passport traveling to the Schengen countries for tourism or business, you will not need a visa as long as you spend 90 days or less in these countries. Under this agreement, you can enter the Schengen area as long as your stay does not exceed 90 days within a 6 month period."
shifthappens is offline  
Old Feb 26th, 2017, 12:25 PM
  #10  
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 68,019
Likes: 0
Received 50 Likes on 7 Posts
And your point is?

Yes -- you are 'allowed' up to 90 days. But it isn't your choice -- it is the immigration officer's. If s/he sees a pattern of multiple long stays all bets are off.
janisj is online now  
Old Feb 26th, 2017, 12:26 PM
  #11  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Feb 2017
Posts: 5
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Thanks to all for the advise. My question has been answered.
shifthappens is offline  
Old Feb 26th, 2017, 12:26 PM
  #12  
 
Join Date: May 2016
Posts: 1,144
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
The Schengen rule is that a US citizen can stay visa free for a total of 90 days within any 180 day period. Other than that, you can obtain a visa for any number of reasons. It's not that difficult, at least not at this time, but who knows what will happen with the current occupant in the WH.
Robert2016 is offline  
Old Feb 26th, 2017, 01:55 PM
  #13  
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 15,402
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
It is vital to know that your arrival day is day 1, and the day you leave is also counted. If you were to leave on day 89, and try to return 90 days later you can only stay 1 day. The rule is 90days in any 180 days.
An immigration official may not be happy with you constantly returning and decide not to grant you the full 90 days.
Don't be tempted to overstay your 90 days either. You could face a ban from Schengen if you do.
Remember the day you leave counts as a Schengen day, so your 90 days away start the day after you leave and end the day before you return.

There is an online calculator you can use to be sure you stick to the rules.
I don't have the link now as I am on my phone but search for it.
hetismij2 is offline  
Old Feb 26th, 2017, 02:15 PM
  #14  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 4,038
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Question:- Why are you sending your son off to school in Marbella where the majority of kids will be English-speaking ?
Bedar is offline  
Old Feb 26th, 2017, 08:36 PM
  #15  
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 1,963
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Tsk tsk Bedar, don't you start asking rude questions now, you hear? I got my comeuppance, just wait for yours...
michelhuebeli is offline  
Old Feb 27th, 2017, 10:08 AM
  #16  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 4,038
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
No, Michel, my question is not rude. Perhaps this mother doesn't realize this. Then again, the boy may pick up some Arabic and Russian there, if not Spanish.
Bedar is offline  
Old Feb 27th, 2017, 12:10 PM
  #17  
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 68,019
Likes: 0
Received 50 Likes on 7 Posts
I think the OP doesn't understand that 90 days is 'allowed' but there is no guarantee of 90 days.

Twice I have been given less than the maximum -- once in the UK and once in Schengen - both for legit reasons.
janisj is online now  
Old Feb 27th, 2017, 03:46 PM
  #18  
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 1,963
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Bedar, I trust that you sensed I was joking about your question being "rude"? Since my earlier question that also started with the word "Why" was considered "rude"...
michelhuebeli is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Original Poster
Forum
Replies
Last Post
vastagep
Europe
19
Feb 11th, 2017 12:30 PM
AnastasiaR
Europe
8
Apr 4th, 2015 06:54 PM
amitagg
Europe
4
Apr 25th, 2012 06:19 AM
Liam8746
Europe
11
Jun 29th, 2010 04:08 AM
emsaigon
Europe
6
Mar 12th, 2009 12:45 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Do Not Sell My Personal Information


All times are GMT -8. The time now is 04:42 PM.